Trades Are Fun, but What if the Cubs Did Nothing?

Trades Are Fun, but What if the Cubs Did Nothing?

Has anyone done this yet? I don't think anyone has done this yet. Lets take a look at what the Cubs could have going into next season if they stood pat.

Here goes!

  • C: Welington Castillo
  • 1B: Anthony Rizzo
  • 2B: Luis Valbuena
  • 3B: Javier Baez (probably the biggest stretch of the post but who cares)
  • SS: Starlin Castro
  • LF: Junior Lake
  • CF: Arismendy Alcantara (also a stretch)
  • RF: Kris Bryant (also a stretch)
  • C2: Who Cares
  • IF: Mike Olt
  • IF: Logan Watkins
  • OF: Ryan Kalish
  • OF: Matt Szczur
  • SP: Jeff Samardzija
  • SP: Edwin Jackson
  • SP: Travis Wood
  • SP: Jake Arrieta
  • SP: Kyle Hendricks
  • RP: Hector Rondon
  • RP: Neil Ramirez
  • RP: Justin Grimm
  • RP: Arodys Vizcaino (stretch)
  • RP: Pedro Strop
  • RP: Wesley Wright
  • RP: Zac Rosscup
  • Other pen options: Blake Parker, Brian Schlitter, Kyuji Fujikawa maybe?


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  • I'm ready to try anything - I actually like how that looks and could get behind this team.

  • If the Cubs do nothing? No trades, no free agent signings, no taking on other teams' high priced veteran contracts at a discount (as others did with ours), no DFA'ing of our raft of sub-.200 hitters no one will trade for? Not very likely. It only guarantees another year of awful field performance and more atrophying of the ticket buying base. It also puts a countdown clock on Renteria in his middle year of his 3-year deal. And with the expected trades of Shark and Hammel, I won't be surprised to see a veteran be part of the players who come back to us with some prospects. That's the only way this team will get those veterans.

  • I don't think you can assume Shark around. Even if they don't trade him by the July 31 deadline, they probably are facing an arbitration minimum of $8 million next year, without any long term control.

    Otherwise I agree with SkitSketchJeff that there isn't enough in the list to provide any optimism for 2015. On his Renteria point, there was the Sun-Times article that Hoyer remains bullish on Renteria, and "General manager Jed Hoyer on Monday again absolved the manager and staff of responsibility for the record, given the hand they’ve been dealt," which, practically speaking, is the kiss of death.

    You also haven't said what will happen if the "stretches" don't come up to ML, although at that point, I don't think management will have much choice but to promote them.

  • Shark is gone....
    Hammel is gone.....
    Villanueva is gone......
    Schierholtz is gone.....
    Barney is gone.......
    Valbuena is gone......

    and if Theo gets lucky.......

    E Jax could be gone.

  • Two players I suspect Theo might trade this year.......first one is C. Villanuava.......he is taking Bryant's spot at Iowa..........and Strop,...... Ramirez, Rondon and Vizcaino are better....Grimm will be taking over Villanueva spot for long maybe Strop & Villanuava for a starting pitching prospect could be happening.

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